Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hit back at Manchester United legend Roy Keane for his ‘selfie jibe’ at Arsenal players. Last week the former United star had said that though Arsenal have a very strong unit worthy of challenging the title, the players are not serious and are concentrating on taking selfies.
Chamberlain who proved to be the star for Arsenal last Sunday in the Community Shield match against Chelsea, replied that the players are absolutely focused and are enough motivated.
He was quoted: “It’s a new era, isn’t it? Some people do it, some don’t. We’re serious about winning trophies. Personally, and I can speak for the rest of the squad, we’ve been serious every single year I’ve been at the club about winning trophies.
“You can see that on the pitch. A lot of people don’t see when we lose and go through tough times how upset and disappointed we are.
“We’ve always wanted to win trophies and in the last years we’ve won a few. This season we want to go that one better.”
Chamberlain believes the win against Chelsea will be a great motivation for the team ahead of the big season.
He further added: “We’ve all been together a good number of years, we’ve shared two consecutive successes in the FA Cup and we’ve had the highs and the nice feeling from that. That always helps. As a team we’ve suffered some upsets as well and I think we’ve grown from that and learned.
“It was what we needed against a good Chelsea outfit after the season they had last year. It’s important for us to come into these fixtures and lay down good foundations and good markers. I’m glad we did that at Wembley.
“It does help the confidence and that belief and faith going into that next fixture against them. Against any of the teams at the top of the table, that helps but it is a long season and it is very early doors.
“We can’t get too carried away with that but it is a good end to our pre-season which has gone really well.”